First Girl's Tomato Club in Texas

First Girl's Tomato Club in Texas (HM1LBA)

Location: Cameron, TX 76520 Milam County
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N 30° 50.965', W 96° 58.55'

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The first Girl's Tomato Clubs in Texas were organized in 1912 in Milam County to acquaint young women in rural areas with tomato production and canning techniques. At the request of the United States Department of Agriculture, Mrs. Edna Westbrook Trigg, a local high school principal, agreed to undertake the project. She organized eleven clubs throughout the county, with members ranging in age from ten to eighteen. A similar program for boys, the Corn Clubs, had been instituted in Jack County four years earlier.

Each member of the Girl's Tomato Clubs was to produce a tomato crop on one-tenth of an acre of land and then was taught proper canning procedures. The girls exhibited their products at Milano, Rockdale, the 1913 State Fair in Dallas, and the Waco Cotton Palace. So successful were these exhibits that several of the girls started college education funds with the money they raised selling their goods.

As the state's first rural girl's organization of its kind, the Tomato Clubs were forerunners of later programs, including 4-H, that were initiated under the supervision of the Texas Agricultural Extension Service. Over time, 4-H has expanded its scope but has maintained the principle objectives of its predecessors.
Marker Number7946
Year Placed1983
Placed ByTexas Historical Commission
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Date Added Thursday, June 25th, 2015 at 10:03am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14R E 693561 N 3414667
Decimal Degrees30.84941667, -96.97583333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 30° 50.965', W 96° 58.55'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds30° 50' 57.9" N, 96° 58' 33" W
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Area Code(s)254, 817, 979
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 201-299 S Fannin Ave, Cameron TX 76520, US
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